Wisconsin Emergency Management

Tornado Survival Stories

Meet Larry and Rita Krznarich from Park Falls.

“We survived a tornado and our emergency weather radio saved our lives”

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Click here to see WQOW-TV Eau Claire cover Larry and Rita’s survival story.

Larry and Rita Krznarich

Are you a severe weather survivor? Ask your friends and neighbors, they may have a tale of the tornado that ripped through their community. Or a story of a severe storm that brought down trees, knocked out power and pelted them with hail. In Wisconsin, we are all weather survivors.

This is a great time to listen to the cautionary tales of the people who survived close encounters with twisters thanks to early warning from their Emergency Weather Radios.

Meet the Salerno Family of Kenosha.

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The Salerno Family of Kenosha

Tornado Story: Eagle Fire Chief Heim.

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Eagle fire chief remembers twister that destroyed his home

Tornado Story: Eagle Fire Chief Heim

National Weather Service expert on Emergency Weather Radios

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National Weather Service expert on Emergency Weather Radios

The details of their experiences may be different but their message is the same ... get an emergency weather radio in your home, office and school. The early warning can save your life. Emergency radios immediately alert you of severe weather or tornadoes headed your way.

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Moore Oklahoma Tornado #1 In May 2013, a tornado devastated much of the City of Moore, OK. Despite the destruction happening around them the employees of Tinker Federal Credit Union had peace of mind due to their Emergency Response Plan. These men and women survived the May 20th EF-5 tornado by executing their rehearsed Emergency Response Plan. The Moore, OK branch was completely destroyed, but no employees were harmed because they took shelter in the bank vault. Click here to see the story: Story Link

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ReadyWisconsin is an initiative of Wisconsin Emergency Management designed to educate and empower Wisconsinites to prepare for
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Wisconsin Emergency Management
2400 Wright St.
Madison, WI 53704
Phone: 608.242.3000     Fax: 608.242.3247